AS LIFE opens up after lockdown, local friendship groups run by the Oddfellows are inviting people new to the area to give one of their social events a try.

As the Society returns to holding face-to-face activities, it wants to help those who have recently relocated to get to know more people in their neighbourhood, something which has been difficult to do throughout the pandemic.

The friendly society, which has been running locally for many years, holds regular indoor and outdoor social events and activities for its members.

The Oddfellows is all about helping people forge local friendships and offering others help in times of need.

We’re very aware of how difficult it is to meet people and settle into a new community when you relocate later in life, and lockdown has made it twice as hard.

Most of our members have lived here for years and we’re always ready to welcome new members to our groups.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived here for years, or have only recently moved to our area.

2020 has seen many people reassess their lives and reconsider their living options, whether that’s leaving a long-term home to be nearer family, downsizing, or to be somewhere better suited to changes in their lifestyle.

The Oddfellows groups have been very busy during lockdown, looking after our members’ welfare and staying in touch.

Now we’re able to run face-to-face events again, we’re excited to welcome more people to our groups and we get together regularly to enjoy events such as coffee mornings, quiz nights, organised walks and meals together.

Due to Covid-19 Guidelines for events, booking is required, so anyone interested in finding out what events are happening in their area should contact Margaret White for more information on 01202 775122 or email The Oddfellows has also shared its advice on how to settle into a new area on its website at


Playfields Drive, Poole